D.J. Swearinger has revenge on the brain.
The Redskins safety will face his former team, the Texans, on Sunday, and Swearinger said he wants to take the team that drafted him down due to a personal vendetta.
“Houston bashed my name pretty bad,” he said, via ESPN.
The Texans drafted Swearinger in 2013, but waived him in 2015. A day later, the Buccaneers claimed him.
Swearinger said when he was meeting with then-coach Lovie Smith, he was asked questions about his personality and time with the Texans that stunned him.
“I never got a fair chance from Tampa,” Swearinger said. “I remember my first interview with Lovie, he asked me about all the things Houston bashed me on. I was sitting there shocked, like, ‘They really said that about me? This is horrible.’ I took that and put that chip on my shoulder, like I never got that fair opportunity.”
According to Swearinger, the bad blood began during a film session, when he gave advice to another defensive back. He said the other defensive backs told him later the position coach was upset with Swearinger.
Swearinger said even though he performed perfectly in the Buccaneers’ training camp, he was still a backup to Chris Conte. Swearinger believes that the Texans influenced Tampa Bay’s opinion of him in a negative way.
He then spent almost two seasons with the Cardinals before landing with the Redskins, where he’s recorded four interceptions this season.
Swearinger also has no love for Texans coach Bill O’Brien, who came in after Gary Kubiak was fired. Swearinger took a shot at O’Brien on Instagram and reiterated his admiration for Kubiak and other coaches.
#Houston I Appreciate Coach Gary Kubiak, Coach Wade Phillips, Coach Vance Joseph for Giving Me A Chance Of A Lifetime & Letting Me Be “Myself” My Rookie Year. When They Left My 2nd Year, the New Coaching Staff Would Always Worry About What I Was Doing Or Saying To Other Players 🤔🤔Well, the Young Swagg Had A Hard Time Adjusting To The New System Nor Did I Want To Play Linebacker Every Play, and I Also Was Late A Few Times Too Many…All Apart Of Growing Up & Learning To Be A Pro. There Was A MisUnderstanding With My Db Coach That Lead To Unprofessional Actions By My Head Coach (o’brien) That I Could No Longer Respect! Which Lead To Me Being Cut. That Same Coach Told Me I Would Be Outta The League In 3Years. Unfortunately, My God & Grind Had A Plan And Knew That 6years Later….I Would Make Him Eat His Words! #LiveIn5🤫 #2spoonzswagggu🥄🥄
When asked about Swearinger’s comments Wednesday, O’Brien said he didn’t know what Swearinger was talking about.
“You just try to make decisions in the best interest of the team,” O’Brien said. “D.J. made a lot of plays for us here. He’s a very instinctive, tough, competitive player. He’s obviously gone on to Arizona and now in Washington and he’s … doing a great job, has got excellent ball skills, good tackler, tough, competitive guy. He’s going to be a challenge to go against on Sunday.”